Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

  • Honorary Member of the DFL
  • Former member of the Executive Board of the Ligaverband (now the Executive Committee of DFL e.V.)
  • Former CEO of FC Bayern München AG

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, born in 1955 in Lippstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia, carved out an equally impressive second career as an executive in German and international football after his playing career ended. As a professional footballer, the striker won a host of titles with FC Bayern München, including the Bundesliga Championship (1980, 1981), DFB-Pokal (1982, 1984) and European Cup (now the UEFA Champions League, 1975, 1976) – each twice – as well as the Intercontinental Cup in 1976. With the German national team, which he captained for many years, he won the European Championship in 1980 and was a runner-up at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. Rummenigge’s personal achievements included finishing the season as the Bundesliga’s top scorer three times (1980, 1981, 1984) and being named “Footballer of the Year” both in Germany (1980) and Europe (1980, 1981). He went on to play in Italy for Inter Milan between 1984 and 1987.

In 1991, Rummenigge became Vice President of FC Bayern München and, from 2002 until 2021, he served as CEO of FC Bayern München AG, which was founded at the beginning of the new millennium. In this time, his total number of title wins – including those from his playing days – grew to 60. The esteem in which Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is held – also internationally – became clear through his role as Chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), of which he is now the Honorary Chairman, as well as through what is now his second spell on the Executive Committee of the Union of European Football Associations – UEFA. From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the Ligaverband board (now the Executive Committee of the DFL).

At the 2022 General Assembly, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was elected as an Honorary Member of the DFL.

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